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PANORAMA EPHEMERA focuses on familiar and mythical activities and images in America (1626-1978). Many creatures and substances that we hardly notice because we feel so used to them take center stage, including pigs, corn, water, telephones, fire, and rice. At first resembling a compilation, it soon reveals itself as a journey through the American landscape over time, and the story begins to emerge between the sequences.
The film consists of 64 self-contained film sequences ranging from 5 seconds to 4 minutes in length arranged into a narrative. Unlike many films made using archival footage, it's primarily a combination of sequences rather than a collage of individual shots.
PANORAMA EPHEMERA is populated by American children, animals, farmers, industrial workers, superheroes, pioneers heading West, crash test dummies, and many others.
PANORAMA EPHEMERA is released under a Creative Commons
"Attribution-NonCommercial" license, and may be freely shown, copied, or distributed according to the terms of this license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/1.0/).
NEW: If anyone wants to do a serious remix of this movie, here's a copy of my Final Cut Pro project (less the movie files, which you'll have to load yourself):
BitTorrent download here (thanks, Simon!): http://www.legaltorrents.com/index.php?fuse=42
Produced and directed by Rick Prelinger
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- Rick Prelinger (email@example.com)
- 2004-06-01 07:06:07
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- Rick Prelinger
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Subject: Essential to any archive. 3.7GB practically HD
Even at 3.7GB you will thank yourself for it
because the quality of most of these scenes is
as close to "mint" as possible.
A lot of great scenes in this movie really
look like they were played
"right out of the box" as no
scratches are seen and the picture
is indescribably clear + vivid.
692MB DivX version does'nt have anywhere
near the clarity of the 3.7GB
You can FF past the
in the beginning
cause they're gross.
Subject: The Collection Used by the Collector
Subject: Copyright owners vs. the other people
There is a thread here and it is the assembly-like quality of American life and the uncertainty that some Americans live with every day.
Discussions are serious. People are pensive, thoughtful. There is a sense of brooding and at times a pretense of mysticism about people, land and technology.
It's a jumble of thought and faces and random philosophies.
A truly great film about ... life. At times bland and emotionless and at times naive and innocent.
The people who populate this film were looking to Joe Dimaggio long before Simon & Garfunkel asked that monumental question.
Subject: PANORAMA EPHEMERA
Subject: What a great time, what a great flick
Where in the world did they find all these documenteries to get all these great clips from?
Who in the world laid them out, clip after clip, a montage of humor, unintentional comedy bits turned into comedy by this arrangement.
I love movies, most especially independent movies, I don't like Hollywood, I don't need exploding helicopters, the hero just jumping ahead of the explosion, landing in the arms of a silicone-breasted idiot phrases her lines, parsing them out as she thinks of her mansion and her newest article in Ladies Home Journal or The Star or wherever, her silicone breasts heaving, her fat-injected lips squirmed into a flower of love, compassion, sexuality, foolishness. If your taste is like mine, maybe you too will like this flick.
I loved it.
Subject: Wonderful clips
Then again, conspiracy theorists will have fun looking for the REAL agenda whose subtlety is burried under these obvious ploys..
Not to spoil the 'plot' here:
The clip 'You should clean up your yard and paint your house just in case theres a nuclear war.'
Was this a public service to minimize firestorms, or public perception that nukes are survivable and 'falling debris' should be confused with fallout? Or maybe that was the commie's message disguised as our government lying about nukes? Or maybe everyone was just dumb as a bag of hammers?
Or watch the seated guy when the authority figure says 'court-martial'.
Automatically bowing his head in shame to the mere mention of authority, as of course any decent person should.
Oh, yea.. review.. Its good! Watch it!
Subject: Loved it.
Subject: A fantastic representation of ephemera
I'm a huge fan of these films regardsless, and I do my best to disseminate them. I'd love to do something to preserve these films; can I volunteer in any way?
Subject: Pretty Good, but needs work
Subject: good review in the NYtimes
Subject: What a mess
Subject: What has his-story become?
"Make sure your home is protected from Nuclear blast by properly painting it with Du-pont!!"
RUBBISH!!! "Big business started a new offensi ve" and now they have every moving body in its grasp.
Te whole film is up to everyone's own unique interpretation, but I see it as a painful reminder that not much has changed.
if your interested, check out www.gnn.tv, Adbusters Magazine, and read John Zerzan for more against the grain media!
It makes one realize just how much media shapes what we consider "reality". Just as '40s and '50s media could be considered an overly simplistic and positive representation of the world, could the media of today be considered an overly pessimistic representation of the world? Will people, in 50 years time, watch clips from our time and say "Whoa, things weren't that bad"?
I recommend this film, especially to anyone who needs to know how to prepare their house for the effects of an atomic heat flash.
My thanks to Mr Prelinger for this beautiful and thought provoking film.
Subject: Great... so far... and now just great all around!
To Mr. Prelinger, who I'm certain would appreciate a larger audience for his fine film, would you create a DivX version of Panorama Ephemera? This seems to be the codec of choice for today's youth, myself included, and if that copy were exactly 700 MB in size, that would be even better, because that way it can fit on a CD-R.
I hate to say it, but practically every illegal rip of a film ever created is in one or two chunks of 700MB so that it'll fit on a CD for easy transportation. The rule of thumb says that if it's under two hours, it only needs one CD, so a version of this film encoded as a 700MB DivX would be the most preferable copy, at least for me.
Maybe I'm the only one, but if there are others, we would really appreciate a nice shiny DivX copy of your film. Thanks very much.
I just finished watching Panorama Ephemera - regrettably, the 256k mpeg4, but nevertheless - and this is a great film. The DivX copy would still be appreciated from any willing encoder.
Anyway, these films are so arranged as to inspire many associations and interpretations, some conflicting, within the mind of the viewer. Some cuts are humorous, some are profound, some are puzzling, but within those cuts, those boundaries, is contained just as much meaning as in the film excerpts themselves. This film seeks to remind us of the forgotten, perhaps even the never-known, and to glorify the ordinary, even the sub-ordinary. As such, you've likely never seen a film quite like it.
It is important to note that not all of the films excerpted in Panorama Ephemera are available on the Archive. Disappointingly absent, among others, are Unconscious Motivation, Fears of Children, They Grow Up So Fast, and Agriculture USA. Even if you're not into the whole free-association-open-interpretation-experimental-film thing, watch Panorama Ephemera to see films available absolutely nowhere else. And even if these unique films don't interest you, watch Panorama Ephemera to see some of the surreal and surprising wonders that you've missed on the Archive.
In closing, just watch this film. I don't care why, but make sure you don't miss it. And to Mr. Prelinger, I'd love to see more of some of those films not already on the Archive. Well done.
YET ANOTHER UPDATE:
I'm not a fan of deleting something when it's out of date, but instead adding a revision. I guess that's why I like the Archive so much. Anyway, Panorama Ephemera is now available as a DivX, much to my delight, and I have really nothing else to say. Other than, of course, now YOU have no excuse for not watching this film!
Subject: have they heard the sign yet?
Subject: Ephemeral America
Subject: download it
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